One hundred years of black film art is officially up for grabs.
The San Francisco Art Exchange declared the first public sale of pieces from the Separate Cinema Archive.
35,000 items have been curated over three decades: rare vintage posters, lobby cards, and photographs from 30 countrie. The whole archive is committed to celebrating 100 years of African American cinema.
“History relies on evidence, and the Separate Cinema Archive provides that,” SFAE co-founder and director Theron Kabrich said in a statement to HuffPost. “This collection pays respect to the contributions of the filmmakers and artists who literally changed history through their work.”
Several of the notable titles and black film icons are Siren of the Tropics, In the Heat of the Night and 12 Years a Slave.
Prior to the auction, some of the items were presented in traveling exhibits at film festivals and art institutions.
“It’s important to note that the greatest stories in American history take place in a country that was built on slavery and involuntary servitude,” Kabrich said in the statement. “A lot of people, certainly in Hollywood, made a lot of money based on the back of that history.”